Omaha born Elliot Smith released his first album, Roman Candle, in 1994. Almost immediately, critics began to notice the singer-songwriter’s unique take on love and loss. For the better part of the next decade, Smith remained a folk-rock fixture. Yet, throughout that period, he dealt with thoughts of suicide and bouts of depression.
On October 21, 2003, Smith passed away from a fatal stab wound. His death remains shrouded in mystery, though it was officially ruled a suicide by the coroner. Since then, two full length albums of material have been released by Smith’s former label Domino Records.
On November 2, 2010 Domino issued a third post posthumous release, entitled An Introduction to… Elliot Smith. An Introduction to… is, as the title suggests, intended to introduce Smith to a new generation. AOL Spinner is currently streaming the album HERE, or you can purchase it HERE.
With a North American tour looming, Domino artists Four Tet and Jon Hopkins have been keeping busy. Hopkins, who scored the upcoming film Monsters, recently remixed the Four Tet track “Vessel,” while Four Tet choose to remix The XX’s “VCR.”
Down below you can watch the video for Hopkins’ remix, listen to Four Tet’s remix, and peep their tour dates.
<span><a href=”http://soundcloud.com/four-tet/the-xx-vcr-four-tet-remix”>The xx – VCR (Four Tet remix)</a> by <a href=”http://soundcloud.com/four-tet”>Four Tet</a></span>
10-14 Chicago, IL – Metro
10-15 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater
10-16 San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival
10-20 Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
10-21 Montreal, QC – Studio Just For Laugh
10-22 New York, NY – Webster Hall
10-24 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10-30 Asheville, NC – Moog Festival
Back with their third album, The Arctic Monkeys have just released the single ‘Crying Lightning’.Luckily for the band they’ve broken the sophomore album curse and are still continuing to make waves. While the song has the Arctic Monkeys ‘vibe’ we all know and love, it definitely shows that the band is growing. This is of course a good thing especially since most didn’t think the band would last long. The Arctic Monkeys will release the new record, ‘Humbug’ on August 25 via Domino Records. Oddly enough, it was produced by Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age.
You can stream ‘Crying Lightning’ via The Arctic Monkey’s MYSPACE
The band has also listed some upcoming tour dates
08/01 – Liberty State Park (All Points West)
08/02 – Montreal, Canada (Osheaga Festival)
08/02 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
08/05 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
08/07 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
08/08 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/28 – Leeds Festival
08/29 – Reading Festival